BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is an increase of 71 cases from the previous week. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000, second only to the 667 cases reported during all of 2014. In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels.”
Here in the state of Alabama health officials are warning everyone, while there have not been any confirmed cases in Alabama, everyone should be aware of the dangers of the illness.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Health Department experts will be holding a press conference to answer questions related to the measles, as measles outbreaks and cases continue to rise in communities across the county and move closer to Alabama
Experts from infectious diseases and primary case backgrounds will be able to discuss the benefits and schedules of vaccinations, whether those are unvaccinated have time to do so now, explain why the measles are so contagious, share who is at risk and safety tips and more.